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  1. I need help! About two years ago, I began using the Clean and Clear Exfoliating Cleanser with 5% benzoyl peroxide. It successfully cleared my skin with no problems. My skin was so clear. But then, (after many months of use), my eye area all of a sudden started becoming itchy and swelling after I used it. So I stopped use of it and began using a Neutrogena daily scrub with salicylic acid. My skin was fine for a quite a while, but then just recently I started breaking out again. I assumed it was because of going off of benzoyl peroxide? But my skin was fine for quite a while after going off of it. Anyway, so a few days ago, I got the benzoyl peroxide cleanser again. Since it had been so long since I used it, I assumed I wouldn't have the itching and swelling problem. I began using it again 2 days ago. I made sure to keep it far away from my eyes, but I ended up having the same reaction as before. My eyes became so itchy!! The itching is under my eyes, my eyelids and on my eyebrows. It's almost unbearable. This is the only area that has a reaction. It's a shame because it works so well at clearing my skin! I should probably mention that my acne isn't that bad. It's mostly bumps all over my forehead and breakouts in between my eyebrows. My nose breaks out a lot as well.
  2. Hi guys, So I'm almost 4 weeks on using benzoyl peroxide once a day in the morning, for mild acne. I started with 10%, but for almost 3 weeks, I've been on 2.5% lotion, which I'm pretty sure has a moisturizer in it, as I don't seem to get dry from this one. I also use a clean and clear cleanser in the morning and at night. I thought that the benzoyl peroxide was working, because the acne I've been getting hasn't typically been as inflamed, as I used to mostly just get inflamed pustules. But I still always have one thing on my face, like a smaller pustule or papule, as well as a number of white heads, usually around my mouth where I break out the most. I feel like at almost 4 weeks, I shouldn't be getting new slightly inflamed blemishes, so I don't know if I should give up on this treatment and try to get a prescription. I thought this would be enough for me, as I have mild acne, but it's very stubborn, and it's primarily hormonal. New blemishes just show up every few days, and just when I think I'm finally clearing, so it's very discouraging. Do you think that also using the benzoyl peroxide at night would be helpful, so I'd be using it twice a day, and leaving it on over night? I try staying away from junk food and washing my face towel and pillow case frequently, maybe I'm touching my face too much? I do use a concealer sometimes for really red spots, but as a guy I'd rather not get dependent on make up. I also seem to break out more after shaving, but my shaving cream is made for sensitive skin, so I'm not sure what I should change about my shaving. Should I maybe try using a higher percentage BP like 5%?
  3. Has anyone successfully quit Proactiv or another product that contains benzoyl peroxide WITHOUT breaking out badly? I'm 24 and I've been using Proactiv since I was 14. I feel my skin is no longer as acne prone as it was when I was a teen, but my skin seems to be addicted to it, specifically the benzoyl peroxide. I tried to quit Proactiv when I was 17. I was warned that many users suffer major breakouts when they first quit, so I stopped using it. Well, I broke out...HORRIBLY. For months. It got to the point where I had so many cysts and pimples on my face, that I stopped counting after I reached 30. So, I desparately went back on Proactiv, and the breakouts stopped almost immediately. I want to be free of my skin's addiction to Proactiv and benzoyl peroxide, but I fear for the major breakouts, hyperpigmentation, and scars that could form when I quit. So, have you quit an acne product with benzoyl peroxide without having major breakouts?
  4. Don't know if this is the correct place to write this but -- I'm having negative side effects to the regimen, more specifically benzoyl peroxide. Okay. So I'm on the first week, around day 5, and my skin is very red, dry, itchy, and painful. The texture of my skin is off, dry and odd feeling (don't know what to compare it to, maybe scaly?) around my inner face area (T-zone, nose, chin, cheeks). It feels like a really bad sunburn. Last night when I put the benzoyl peroxide on my face, it felt the worst out of the other days. It's more of a discomfort than pain but it doesn't feel right. My skin is less red when I don't use it, after a splash of cold water and the cleanser, it lightens a bit. Same discomfort though. I'm following the regimen to a T! Even added cold pressed, all organic jojoba oil to the moisturizer. I'm doing everything right (I'm very anal about these things), so what am I doing wrong? I've always been sensitive to benz. but it was always a higher dose, so I wanted to give this a fair chance. I'm at a wits end. Do you think I'm allergic or is this expected?
  5. Hi guys, So I've had pretty mild acne on my face, and more severe on my shoulders and back. For my face, I've been using benzoyl peroxide for around 3 weeks. I started with about a week and a half of using 10%, but then realized that concentration was probably way too high. During that week, I was breaking out pretty bad. I then switched to 2.5%, and my face had calmed down considerably for almost a week, with only one pimple. But the last few days, I've been having a lot of whiteheads pop up, on my chin especially, with some red bump acne as well. Is this a purge? I thought I had purged in the beginning when I was using 10% and broke out. Is it normal to have multiple purges? The only way my acne has improved is that I'm not getting large inflamed pustules anymore, as that was the usual acne I had. Now I just have way more white heads, and the red bumps acne, which don't hurt, I don't know if I'm developing cysts or something. The white heads also keep coming back after they heal. I want to think it's a purge and I should push through it, but I'm not sure. As for my shoulder and back acne, I've been using 10% benzoyl peroxide for a few weeks, with no improvement. Before that, I had used salicylic acid for like 6 months, with no improvement. Is it time for me to give up on using benzoyl peroxide?
  6. Advice needed

    i have come to the consensus that while epiduo does kill most of the acne I apply it to, it also kills the skin anywhere in the realm of it (it looks red, dry, peeling). Regardless of the length of time I have used it, I suffer the same side affects that I just mentioned. Even when applied after moisturizer. Thus, it is not worth it in my eyes. That said, i still wash my face with the Cerave Oil Control once a day (at night) and cerave's pm moisturizer. I wonder if my acne will clear up if I JUST stick with these two things for my skincare regimen (since the caveman regimen worked for the most part I infer that my skin does fine without harsh chemicals). I also have clean and clear's salicylic acid moisturizer (that worked in the past.) I am firm on quitting epiduo but what i need help with is if I like use the cerave (no antiacne acid) or the salicylic cod moisturizer after using my cleanser. thanks for reading i mainly break out on my chin so i added a picture to aid your advice
  7. As the title suggests I have consistently been using 10% Benzoyl peroxide for 6 weeks now, I have previously used it in the past for a long period of time and it worked quite well keeping me 95% clear. Unfortunately I stopped using it around 6 months ago and switched to a sulfur ointment and have been constantly on antibiotics since i broke out really badly after fracturing my wrist and elbow. This didn't really clear me up 100% and i was very often left with peeling skin. On the 24th of April i started using BP 10% again and at first it appeared to improve my acne but around the 2nd week i began breaking out particularly in places i never usually do such as my forehead and temples. It keeps getting better at some points but then breaks out every 2nd week and each time its worse and worse and is beginning to leave quite a lot of hyper pigmentation and scarring and doesn't seem to be getting any better at this point. I am currently applying it every other day or else its too drying and before you say to use a lower percentage i have tried that before and my skin doesn't even respond to it. I am also using the aloe forever living propolis creme as a moisturizer everyday and wash my face with a simple witch hazel charcoal soap. I have read around and people say that do experience an initial breakout / purging when using BP however many say it only lasts around 4 weeks and begins to improve but at this point i'm giving up and its getting me really down and suicidal since I have had acne for 4 years and I'm only 17 and don't bother going outside or talking to people because i'm so self conscious. I would appreciate any response and to find out if anybody has had a similar experience and if it improved after 6 weeks - I am also getting a lot of skin peeling and under the skin type acne - I am also currently sitting my a levels and obviously that is causing a lot of stress but i do remain calm a lot of the time

    Sup guys! So I've been on Dans Regimen a little over 4 months now, and I have to first off say that this has been the best, most results-yielding treatment I have ever taken for my acne. I am 95% clear, which seems too good to be true. However, I'm still struggling with dry skin and flakiness? I figured by month four I'd be fine, but the flakes persist. So I now there's already a million and a half posts about flakes, but I want this one to be different. I'm looking for advice from real, experienced users who have stuck with the regimen precisely as outlined, have not incorporated any other products, and who have discovered a way to help relieve their flakes. Please help! And yes, I have been utilizing the jojoba oil, and it does slightly help. Please, please leave any comments below! Thank you!!
  9. Hi, I am a 26 year old male, Around 3 years ago I had mild acne, so was prescribed Duac ointment (Benzoly Peroxide 5%) and have been using it since. A month I go I stopped using it as my skin was clear. But now my skin is horrific, wore than it was even before I started using the cream. Everywhere I look says you breakout when stopping benzoyl peroxide. Was just wondering how long this period will last until my skin returns to normal? Or if there is anyway to avoid this? thanks
  10. hi, i'm wondering if there has been anyone that succeeded in stopping bp by weaning off? a lil bit of an intro, i've had mild-moderate acne since puberty. my acnes are mostly closed comedones and whiteheads (it started off from my forehead and then it went down to my cheeks). i've never gotten any cystic acne thankfully. since puberty, i have been trying many different acne products like differin, tea tree oil, antibiotics, clindamycin, manuka honey, vitamins and salicylic acid, however they don't really cleared me up (or maybe i was just very impatient). i also eat healthy - my mom is a health freak. so a year ago, i just decided to go to a chemist and buy a 5% bp, without even knowing what it is (i just looked around the skincare section and pick a random acne cream lol) it turns out bp is so effective for me. it cleared up my skin VERY fast and i do not get any scars or dark spots from it. so i kept using bp for about 1.5 years now. i've only been using it as a spot treatment though, and wash my face with cetaphil's oil-control foam. i still get 3-4 small pimples sometimes but that's alright with me. i then started to think, what if bp is preventing my skin to heal on it's own, because i've had friends who had acne but they didn't bothered to use any acne cream and their skin cleared off by itself after some time. those thoughts had me curious and so i stopped bp COLD TURKEY that day. first week - it was okay. been getting small whiteheads here and there but i dont mind cos it's not that visible second week - still getting small whiteheads but the small whiteheads from last week has vanished so that's fine third week - started to get these weird hard skin-colored closed comedones all over my jaws. i didn't mind cos i know i'm gonna get an initial breakout from stopping bp. fourth week - the closed comedones are VERY hard to clear. i tried extracting them but there's literally nothing i can extract. my face is starting to feel like sandpaper. i still think that this breakout is normal since bp does dries our skin so MAYBE our skin is producing more oil to compensate with the dryness and because i'm stopping bp, nothing is no longer drying out my skin and so my skin is probably super oily, maybe that's why i'm getting all these clogged pores that become closed comedones fifth week - Im getting all these weird pimples on my cheeks. i'm still not sure what they are until now. some of them i can identify as whiteheads, but some are pink-kish in color, and has a tiny bump but when i try to press it, it does not hurt (so i'm assuming it isn't inflamed) - it is however, VERY itchy. the whiteheads are also very itchy. I've never had such itchy pimples in my life. At this point, i was very depressed because my face has never broke out that bad and everywhere felt like sandpaper. At that point i decided to give up and apply bp back. When i apply bp to the pimples, it itches like crazy. But after 3 hours of using bp, the close comedones on my jawline dissapeared and those pink-kish colored pimples' bumps are decreasing in size. here is a pic of me before and after using bp in just 3 hours I am very amazed and scared at the same time. 1) i think my skin is too hooked to bp, it doesn't know how to heal my acnes without bp 2) i dont want to depend on bp forever - i dont like being dependent on something so my plan at the moment is to use bp again, and then slowly i'll decrease the amount of bp i use. does that sound like a good idea? has anyone had success doig that? i appreciate any advices! thank you so much!
  11. Hello again! It's been about 1,5 months since I started using the regimen with the products. I've done it everyday, except for 2 days in week 4. After I missed only 2 days of doing the regimen I got a LOT of small little bumps on my forehead, where I haven't had a lot of acne before, so that was a little sad. Some of the small bumps are still there now 2 weeks after, but I can tell they're going away. So this is the results I got by using the regimen for 1,5 months: (hopefully you can see the before and after pictures down below) MY REVIEW: I'm NOT gonna order the products again at least not now and probably not in the future. I bought the 16 oz sized bottles of cleanser, BP and moisturizer and the 8 oz jojoba oil and the 6 oz aha+ glycolic acid (I bought the big kit+), so I knew that it was gonna cost some money. The big kit+ cost 112,73$. That's already a lot of money, but I believed in the regimen so I bought it, then the shipping to my country cost about 42$ and then I had to pay for customs and a bill from my post service that was about 48$, so in total I spent about 203$ on the products, which to me is a LOT. The products DID help me with my acne. Not as much as I had hoped for, for that price. I was also a little shocked that just missing a just a few days of the regimen can give you such a backlash. I still have the redness and the flakeiness of the skin, though a little less than week 2-3. I did like using the jojoba oil on my lips, because it helped me and I usually have very dry lips, but then again I could probably have used coconut oil or olive oil and that would have been a lot cheaper. I haven't used tha aha+ much becuase I didn't like the way it felt but I might give it another try. The regimen didn't give me any kind of confidence boost about my skin. In week 2-3 I was a lot more self conscious about my skin because of the redness and the flakeiness. Right now I'm gonna start using less and less BP (using less and less BP the way you use more and more BP when you start the regimen) so I hopefully can quit when the bottles are empty without breaking out like crazy I'm going to adjust my diet and start taking some supplements in hope of finding a cheaper way to clear my skin than buying the products. But more about that in a another blog entry because this one is starting to get really long! See you guys later! TL:DR; The products did help clear my skin somewhat, but are way to expensive for me (the results are not worth the price), so I'm going to try other things to clear my skin, more about that in another blog entry!
  12. Hi everyone.Here is my story.My name is Imroz. My current age is 18 and a half years old (Turned 18 this January). Through out my pre-teen and early teenager years, I never had acne. I did get occassional breakouts from time to time but it was never severe to the point where I actually would need to resort to prescription treatments. Or that was at least what I thought then. But after the age of 16, breakouts became a regular thing. I used to pop them at first WHICH ONE SHOULD NEVER DO. I used to go to sleep and wake up seeing another active cystic acne. I was getting scars from them. I tried Proactiv but it didn't work. I tried almost everything from tree tea oil to salicylic acid but nothing seemed to work. I would always see a spot everytime I woke up and went to the bathroom mirror in the morning. It was a regular thing. I was frustrated to the point where it lead to more stress and more stress lead to more acne. I had hyperpigmentation through out the whole year. My scars became more and more visible. I tried Retin-A Tretinoin 0.05% and it worked pretty well but it was hurting my skin a bit too much. I would get easily tanned and burned everytime I went out in the sun. I started Retin-A last year and I used it for a month, I saw improvements and I didn't regret using it. My acne actually got better so I stopped using it. The hyperpigmentation from using Retin-A became better after 2 months. So, from last February, I started breaking out on my cheeks. First it was on the right side but then it covered my entire face. I was frustrated to the point where I wanted to kill myself. My skin was always painful. I hated looking myself in the mirror. My skin type is ethnic so I have medium skin and the dark spots from acne are very visible and my face always looked red from the active acne. After that point I contemplated that I might require laser treatment in the future and my face wont get better like this. I was running out of ideas. Until I finally decided to change my lifestyle.I finally found a skin care regimen that actually worked for me. It cured my acne 90% of it just within 3 days through it.I started using a topical adapalene and benzoyl peroxide gel in combination with a topical Clindamycin 1.2% and Tretinoin 0.025% gel. Here is my daily skin care routine : In the morning I wake up and drink green tea. I always keep a cup of green tea in the fridge overnight. I drink the grean tea and use the teabag to rub it on my whole face. Sometimes I make icecubes mixed with green tea and a bit of lemon juice and I rub it on my face if my face feels too puffy. After that I wash my face with a very gentle facial cleanser. I like to use The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Cleanser because I have blemished skin and tea tree oil is good for damaged skin. I gently pat dry my face with a soft towel. Then I use a toner. I use the Body Shop Tea Tree Toner with a cotton pad to get the pH balance back in my skin. On days when my skin feels too dry I like to rub some coconut oil or sweet almond oil on all over my face as a natural moisturizer and leave it on for a while before I wash my face. After toning my face, I apply a gentle fragrance free, paraben free and allergens free moisturizer. You can also use a gel moisturizer or emulsion. After that I apply my SPF before I head out. I like to use a sunblock of SPF 50 but SPF 30 should be just fine. But you should never forget to apply Sunscreen regardless of how the weather is outside. NEVER FORGET THE SPF.In the evening, I come back home and I use a Charcoal facial cleanser with Activated Charcoal to get all of the dirt and excess oil out of my skin. Activated Charcoal is very good at removing all of the impurities and dirt that your skin absorbs through out the whole day. After washing my face I like to use an Aloe Vera Toner or a Seaweed Toner by the Body Shop because it moisturizes your skin. After that, I apply Adapalene and Benzoyl Peroxide on my skin in the evening. Before I go to bed I wash my face again with luke warm water (Water should never be too warm) and I always splash my face with cold water in the end. I pat dry my face and apply Aloe Vera gel on my face. Be sure to look for Aloe Vera gel that has the least amount of chemicals and preservatives, try to get one without alcohol. I use Nature Republic's Aloe Vera Gel. Usually Aloe Vera gel doesn't irritate skin but it can cause itching sometimes. I never had any adverse reactions to aloe vera gel on my face. I let the aloe vera gel sit on my face for a while. Then I apply a thin layer of the topical Clindamycin and Tretinoin gel over my face before I go to sleep. But be sure not to apply Tretinoin and Clindamycin within 3hours of applying Benzoyl Peroxide. I did this for only 3 days and I can honestly say I am seeing massive improvements. Even though I have blemishes and hyperpigmentation, my active acne has got 95% better already within only 3 days. I am not saying it completely cured my acne but its working far better than anything else I have tried so far through out the yearsAlso to remember that, your skin is the largest organ in your body and your diet plays a huge role on how your skin looks. I used to drink a lot of milk and turns out drinking milk was actually making my acne worse. So I cut off on milk. I only take milk once a day with my coffee during breakfast. Also, refined sugar is also bad for acne. That's why I use raw honey instead of sugar. Honey is a natural antibacterial and honey masks are good for the skin too. It soothes the acne as well. I have started to eat all sorts of fruits, nuts, fruit smoothies and vegetables. I always avoid processed meat. Chicken and Fish is what I always eat. Always try to eat Gluten free. Gluten can cause gut inflammation which can lead to breakouts as well. I am glad that I have found something that actually helped and that's why I wanted to share my experience with everyone else. Acne is like a curse that nobody deserves to get. Its nothing to be ashamed of as well. I can always relate to people who are suffering from acne and my heart just breaks every time I see a person who is suffering from cystic acne.And as for Acne Scarring, Tretinoin will definitely help the appearance of the scars and might even improve shallow scars but for deep scars like box car or icepick scars, you can try AHA or TCA Peels, Microdermabration, Microneedling (Dermapen) and Subscision as an alternative to Laser Surgery.Lifestyle changes play a huge factor on your health. I hope that I can help at least someone with my experience and knowledge with acne I wish for everyone dealing with skin problems , good health and a pleasant future.
  13. My Acne Journey

    I would first like to thank Dan for this website, it's such a terrific resource with invaluable information. Hi, my name is Aumkar. I'm 19 and will be 20 in about 2 months. I started getting Acne when I was 17 which is pretty normal age for Male hormonal Acne. It started off pretty mild so I didn't may much attention to it, it remained to be calm and acceptable till I was almost 19 when it started to get out of hand and severely embarrassing. I didn't do much as I had no knowledge on the subject and was just busy with life to even bother going to a dermatologist. I battled through it trying to tell myself that it was just a phase and will be history in no time but at one point it got so bad that I had to seek professional help. This was around October, 2016. I had my first major breakout. I do have to agree that my Acne was still very moderate compared to others I've seen on this forum and I consider myself very lucky for that but still, it was a bad breakout..around 8 large zits. It was time to meet a derm. My derm prescribed me "Clinictop" a brand name for Clindamycin Phosphate gel and some Homeopathy medicine, LOL. Scammer. Clindamycin was a blessing in disguise. It completely cleared my skin within 3 months, I got occasional breakouts in the first month but the intervals were drastically increased, I was thrilled. The second month I had only one breakout the entire month, I was shocked. The third month, I was clear all month. I for the first time in my life found true profound happiness after experiencing such marvellous results. I continued to use Clindamycin and added a new mix of Clindamycin and Adapalene which I used at night. I noticed no noticeable difference in this change which was sort of unsurprising. I was clear the next month too. 2 months of breakout free skin, I was convinced Acne days were behind me until three week when I noticed breakouts appearing after 2 long months of being clear. I was a little upset but I wasn't too unhappy as it was after a very, very long time. The following days the I started breaking out again with 3 consecutive zits. I started to panic and then discovered this website, it took my a couple of days to educate myself on why Clindamycin wasn't working.I was disappointed but relieved to learn that "Clindamycin" an Antibiotic can only work as long as the Acne finds a resistance against it which takes around 3-4 months which is what happened in my case. I knew it was time to change the regime. I have to admit that I did have some experience with BP before Clindamycin, a week before I went to my derm in October, I tried BP and Retino-A and had terrible dryness and flaky skin, I think I might have used 10% BP, as I said before, I had no knowledge at the time. So when I took a look at the regime and saw that BP was the hero of the movie, I was very hesitant to use it. Fast forward to today here's the regime I follow with promising results. Morning - 2.5% Benzac AC w/ Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer (Which has Glycolic Acid and other Non-Comedogenic chemicals) Afternoon - Clinictop (Clindamycin Phosphate Gel) Night - 2.5% Benzac AC w/ Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer I noticed the same results with BP as I did with Clindamycin, a very mild initial breakout which has settled down considerably now. I use a "generous" amount as Dan recommends. Side effects of dryness took more than 10 days to surface, it's still not bad and is masked after using the Moisturizer. I'm exactly 15 days into this regime and already can tell where it's headed. I'll upload pictures of my skin before Clindamycin and after Clindamycin and intend to do the same for BP after a couple of months.
  14. Antibiotics for acne

    Hello guys! I started taking tetracycline back in december and dose was pretty high. I've been taking it since then, but my dermatologist lowered the dose every month and now I'm taking one pill once in every four day. I've heard that in many cases of antibiotic therapy acne comes back after you stop taking them. I wanted to know if I'm taking pretty low dose and my acne is still managable with it, will it still come back after I stop taking meds.
  15. Hi im 16 and recently I've been getting really bad acne. It's mostly redness and hyperpigmentation with the occasional whiteheads. I got on Epiduo and took it for 2 months but didn't notice any effect, it was staining my clothes and my bedsheets, and was really annoying and depressing to use. I researched online and saw that Tea Tree Oil was good for my type of acne. I've used it for a couple days now, and the redness seems to be slightly better although I have more whiteheads. im also taking proderma 100mg every night. I'd like to know your opinion on the matter: should I use Epiduo or Tea Tree Oil? Which is best for redness and hyperpigmentation? It's really bad and I'm kinda desperate for a solution...
  16. I have this back acne for more than 10 years now, I think this is genetic. Does anyone have the same problem as me? and how you guys cure it?. Currently, I am using benzoyl peroxide, it does help with breakout but it doesn't really cure it. I'm thinking of using apple cider vinegar and st. ives apricot scruber, I heard a lot of people using this remedies and the result quite satisfying. I will keep you guys updated about my progress, hopefully, I can get rid of it asap.
  17. Hello I've now been on a treatment for 4 months and it has surely helped me. I do however still get pimpels (mostly whiteheads) every day and my acne doesn't seem to make any good progress. My current treatment consists of: cleansing, toning and moisturizing. The products I use are all from Exuviance. This sunday I purchased the 2,5% Benzoyl Peroxide and I'll swap it with the toner that I'm currently using. I hope the BP can prevent my daily breakouts and clear my skin. My question is just should I buy the other products as well? I'm happy for the cleanser and moisturizer that I currently have, but I'm worried whether the BP will work since I'm not using the other suggested products? So what is yours suggestions? Should I try it out and buy the other products from the Regimen if I don't see any positive results? Greetings from Denmark Please reply if you have any questions
  18. Acne Story

    As a teenager I experienced a small pimple here and there, never anything cystic and never anything I would describe as acne. It wasn't until I turned 23 that my skin began having issues. I returned home from a family vacation with a pretty bad breakout. I tried over the counter products for a couple of months before I decided the breakout wasn't going away. I made an appointment with a dermatologist who took one look at my face (not a very close look) and told me that I had adult acne. Because I am allergic to benzoyl peroxide (works on my pimples but leaves the surrounding skin itchy, red, and swollen) I was prescribed a tretinoin cream and medication. I never filled the medication prescription because back then I was still sure the breakout would go away and the side effects of the pills scared me. I don't even remember the name of the pills. I used the cream for a couple of months and found my skin itchy and red and aggravated. I read that this was the initial break out, but the breakout lasted too long for me and I was so impatient, I stopped using the cream. I suffered for a few more months before I booked an appointment with an esthetician. The esthetician went through my makeup bag and threw out every pore clogging item I used on my face. She set me up with new cleansers and moisturizers, and with mandellic serum. I visited her office monthly, alternating between vitamin a peels and gentler treatments, and upping the mandelic serum formula every once in a while. After 3 months I saw a substantial improvement, and after 6-7 months my skin was completely clear. I stayed clear for over a year with less frequent visits to the esthetician. Then, after moving and starting a new job, I started breaking out again. I do have a small problem with picking my skin. I know that makes it worse, and I'm sure that's what intensified the breakout. I was stressed, which caused acne, then I was stressed because I had acne. I booked an appointment with a new dermatologist and she was much more helpful. She diagnosed me with hormonal acne and I started taking spironolactone- which combined with my birth control pills, seemed to help. I saw a great improvement but never got completely clear. I decided I wanted to try isotretinoin. It has been one month now and I have seen promising results. My next post will be all about the first month.
  19. HELP....... went to get my regular bp prescription today and its no longer available no where else has it and I'm struggling to find it available online also.....i been using panoxyl 10% gel for just over a month and Iits really helped so now I'm absolutely gutted and at a loss also on Yasmin but I feel it helpful to use bp at night....does anyone know where I can get it or a similar 10% bp alternative sad right now seams everytime I don something that works it dissapears....
  20. Day 8

    Making this blog to vent my feelings. Prior to this current treatment tried doxycycline for 2 months with no improvement - since then my skin has gotten worse. anyway, currently on lymecycline. Tried this one when I was 17 (22 now) so hoping it will work the second time. currently, my skin is awful - the acne was initially concentrated on just my right cheese/jawline but has since break to my left jawline. Woke up today with a bit on my forehead - first one I've had there in months. I'm getting worried. need to find a way to ignore my acne. It's consuming my thoughts constantly. Exams are soon, and instead of worrying about them I am more concerned about having to face my peers with my disgusting skin. current issues: 3 hurtful zits on my chin alongside limit scars - looks awful. Putting BP on them seems to bring the infection to the surface? I know I will wake up with at least 3 gigantic whiteheads tomorrow. Zit on my forehead - hasn't happened for months, why now? I hope this isn't a sign it's getting worse. Can't keep crying over these issues everyday. Feel mentally drained and I won't leave the house. praying things will go my way soon. I feel depressed.
  21. Not adjusting to bp

    I started using the regimen about three, going on to four weeks now. My skin is very very very sensitive so I knew that I had to start really slow which I did. I started with once a day pea size amount first week then second week pea size amount two times a day and I tried gradually adding more each day third week but as soon as I increased it to about the top of my index finger amount not even that much my skin was burning peeling like crazy dry cracked and like snake skin. I don't know how slow I should go and when I'll even be able to ever use a fingers length because my skin is so sensitive and even that amount is causing all this now I think I'm always on a be stuck on a pea size amount. How should I get my skin more used to using more? I don't know if I should keep going like this cause the dryness at this little amount is like unbearable so I don't know how to get skin to get more used to it.
  22. So I stopped using bp for a week thinking Yasmin was working on it's own or I may be growing out of it...what a big mistake!! In a fews day my skin has gone mental..small raised bumps covering my entire forehead and others scattered around my face...has this happened to anyone else after they stopped long will this last...started using it again now...also what else could I do to calm down this breakout, ?? thanks xxxx
  23. skin history

    back story on my skin: start of high school is when i was getting more pimples (started getting them at age 13-14 but they were small and only one would pop up at a time and they'd go away on its own). Throughout high school i would get pimples on my forehead that seemed to group together, though they weren't big cystic ones, they were still red and inflamed and making my life less enjoyable. At this time I got my first job and was finally able to afford those drugstore spot treatments. I started with clean & clear 2in1 moisturizer, and then the clean&clear salicylic acid spot treatments, then i discovered benzoyl peroxide spot treatments and face washes...and this cycle went on and on...until last year of high school. Oh yes the stress of preparing to graduate took a huge toll on my skin. The day before senior picture day i got my first non-forehead pimple on my cheek, i slathered so much BP on that thing which im pretty sure only made it worse since i was left with quite the dark mark aka PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). The remaining days of high school i was experiencing more texture on other parts of my face (cheeks, jawline, chin, and even my back and chest area) whilst still getting some pimples on my forehead (usually on my temples and around my hairline). After highschool is when I got more acne and got more drugstore spot treatments. I still have the dark marks from that acne on my face to this day, and that was last year!! Fast forward to this now...the beginning of this month my skin was just fine. as in not perfect, still had bumps and texture, and also some pimple breakouts coming to the surface. But all of that was the norm for me coz ive been dealing with it for a while and makeup always helped to conceal it. The first Sunday of the month I noticed some bumps arising on my forehead as i did my usual oil cleansing method since i wore makeup. In my head i was thinking "oh great, more pimples" .....oh heck yes it was MORE PIMPLES...IT WAS AN ACNE EXPLOSION NEVER in my life have i had that much acne on my forehead at one time. I actually bought some neutrogena rapid clear stubborn acne 10%BP (i would usually use the neutrogena stubborn acne daily leave on mask with BP% for the breakouts i get) In addition to that I was also trying stuff like like garlic, honey and lemon, wasabi, pure aloe vera, witch hazel, mint julep masks , etc.... I think the only thing that worked was the aloe vera, I put that stuff on as a mask and left it on from 30 min to even a few hours. It helped with the redness but not with the acne itself. Took me like 3 weeks until i called to have an appointment at this acne clinic place which is where i was prescribed aczone 5% in the AM and bianca in the PM and also 100mg of minocycline once a day. Ill be posting here now and again to see if theres actual progress
  24. So I stopped using bp for a week thinking Yasmin was working on it's own or I may be growing out of it...what a big mistake!! In a few day my skin has gone mental..small raised bumps covering my entire forehead and others scattered around my face...has this happened to anyone else after they stopped long will this last...started using it again nowalso what else could I do to calm down this breakout, ?? thanks xxxx
  25. 4 Months

    Almost 4 months of using Differin, cleansing with Cetaphil 2x a day, never using make up, and stopping my obsession of my skin.. here's what happened! My skin is renewed. I know I still have few blemishes but this is far better from where i started. I feel so thankful with the products i use. Especially, Galderma creator of differin and cetaphil products, for all their life changing innovations. This wasn't an easy journey, i had ups and downs but i powered through despite the recurring seemingly endless breakouts, with the help of people who share their own experiences on here. I am very thankful, i wasn't able to name each one of them but they all inspired me one way or another. In return, i am here to share my own experience. I am now a renewed person after my breakout experience. I learned to love my natural skin. Less is more. I no longer put any make ups except for one, lipstick! I just use the mildest cleanser, Cetaphil! I no longer obsess on my skin like I used to. I put moisturizer on which is also Cetaphil. I'm now a believer of the power of retinoids. Where as before it scares the hell out of me when reading all horror stories about it. But after I experience it myself, i can say that you have to be mentally and emotionally prepared for the roller coaster ride (redness, dryness, breakouts name it) should you use this. Because in the end, after 4 months for me, my skin became super smooth like a baby and the dark spots fade away fast. I will keep updating till i finally achieve my clear skin goal.